March 4th, 2011, 04:45 PM
I did a search and couldn't find one. If there is one a link would be appreciated. If there isn't, I would like to take this opportunity to start the TDPRI Explorers Club.
2010 Epiphone Korina Explorer.
March 4th, 2011, 04:50 PM
Very nice . . . I once bought my son an Explorer (though an Epi), and so far as I know, he still has it. Maybe he'll sign up for the club . . . .
March 4th, 2011, 10:45 PM
I've got one! An Explorer Pro GOTW #4
March 5th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Oh my, that's real nice lookin'
March 8th, 2011, 01:26 PM
No pics but I've got two, a Hamer Standard cherry flame and an SX black one that acutually really rocks. I love explorers!
March 8th, 2011, 07:29 PM
I really like mine. It's surprisingly comfortable to play, and once I got rid of the horrible stock 496R/500T pickups, it sounds great. (Now running Duncan 59s)
March 8th, 2011, 10:37 PM
Don't have one yet, but I love Explorers and Jackson Kellys!
March 27th, 2011, 12:13 AM
Got this one back in 1983 for $700. Sold it on ebay in 1999 for $1200.
September 24th, 2011, 10:55 AM
1981 tobacco burst curly maple top. one of the last ones from the kalamazo factory.
OEM dirty fingers PU's are very hot, even after 30 years have elapsed to demagnetize. fine tuner @ bridge loosing plating on top. tuning keys loosing plating also. way heavy solid mahogany neck/body. front side white body binding turning yellowish. large round substantial neck with fairly flat radius has nice low action as issued.
great sounding axe! sustains 'till the cows come home. the admission price is weighing in at 12-14lbs, it feels like your straps are holding up a small mahogany tree. the dirty fingers will get cool sounding pinch harmonix outta most any good tube amp. [think: intro to skynyrd's "sweet home alabama"]
the body style is totally devoid of ergonomics. what looks so-o-o "futuristic" in photographs becomes impediments during use. the weight would be troublesome when playing on your hind feet for a long time. oddly, all the protruding "star points" at the corners aren't too bad when sitting, as the valley between the two lower points create a good saddle to lock the beast in place on the leg. still, when seated, digging into the picking arm bicep from below, just slightly above the elbow joint is uncomfortable. some models were scalloped there just for that, and the "clapton" model has a shortened point to eliminate that problem, as well as some with the front body face corners getting a generous radius increasing body contact on the corner. the strap mounts are poorly placed and with all the glue joints on the end of the neck, dropping anchor has been the demise of many an E II... get strap locks and save the originals in case you ever want to sell it.
overall, in spite of the human engineering issues, THE ONLY axe i know of capable of generating the signature sound that has made so many learn to work around those problems. it can also generate very clean, almost acoustic sounds with the volume rolled back. [think "U2"]. plays amazingly easily, even this far down the timeline it is still as straight and true as when manufactured.
it took a long time to warm up to this axe with the comfort problems, i rarely ever play it in spite of the great sounds it makes. still, hard to bring myself to sell it, even after many left brain/right brain debates on that very subject.
October 10th, 2011, 11:03 PM
Hamer '01 standard
June 6th, 2013, 01:07 AM
I had to go eight pages back to find this club and was thinking that I might have to start one. Anyway, I joined the club tonight when I picked up a used, but mint condition, Epi Korina '58 Explorer.
Here she is: